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1. Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
And lighten with celestial fire;
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost Thy sevenfold gifts impart.
Thy blessed Unction from above
Is comfort, life, and fire of love !—

*2. Enable with perpetual light

The dulness of our blinded sight;
Anoint and cheer our soiled face
With the abundance of Thy grace;
Keep far our foes; give peace at home;
Where Thou art Guide, no ill can come!*

3. Teach us to know the Father, Son,
And Thee, of Both, to be but One;
That, through the ages all along,
This may be our endless song;
Praise to Thy eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

- Sometimes sung as a separate Anthem.


I KINGS viii. 28. Hear the voice and prayer of Thy servants which they make before Thee this day.

29. That Thine eyes may be open toward this house day and night, even toward this place of which Thou hast said, My Name shall be there.

30. And when Thou hearest, have mercy upon them. J. L. HOPKINS, TALLIS


I call and cry to Thee, O LORD,

Give ear unto my plaint:

Bow down Thine eyes, and mark my heavy plight,
And how my soul doth faint:

For I have many ways offended Thee.

Forget my wickedness, O LORD, I beseech Thee.



ST. JOHN xiv. 15. If ye love Me, keep My command


16, 17. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth. [Amen.]



Adoramus Te, Christe; et benedicimus Tibi, quia per sanctam crucem Tuam redemisti mundum. Qui passus es pro nobis, Domine, miserere nobis,



PSALM li. I. Miserere mei, Deus, secundum misericordiam Tuam.

2. Et secundum multitudinem miserationum Tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam.

3. Amplius lava me ab iniquitate meâ, et a peccato meo munda me.

4. Quoniam iniquitatem meam ego cognosco, et peccatum meum contra me est semper.

5. Tibi soli peccavi, et malum coram Te feci: ut justificeris in sermonibus Tuis, et vincas cum judicaris.

6. Ecce enim in iniquitatibus conceptus sum, et in peccatis concepit me mater mea.

7. Ecce enim veritatem dilexisti; incerta et occulta sapientiæ Tuæ manifestasti mihi.

8. Asperges me hyssopo, et mundabor; lavabis me, et super nivem dealbabor.

9. Auditui meo dabis gaudium et lætitiam, et exultabunt ossa humiliata.

10. Averte faciem Tuam a peccatis meis, et omnes iniquitates meas dele.

11. Cor mundum crea in me, Deus, et spiritum rectum innova in visceribus meis.

12. Ne projicias me a facie Tuâ, et Spiritum Sanctum Tuum ne auferas a me.

13. Redde mihi lætitiam salutis Tuæ, et Spiritu principali confirma me.

14. Docebo iniquos vias Tuas, et impii ad Te con


15. Libera me de sanguinibus, Deus, Deus salutis meæ, et exultabit lingua mea justitiam Tuam.

16. Domine, labia mea aperies, et os meum annunciabit laudem Tuam.

17. Quoniam si voluisses sacrificium, dedissem utique : holocaustis non delectaberis.

18. Sacrificium Deo spiritus contribulatus: cor contritum et humiliatum, Deus, non despicies.

19. Benigne fac, Domine, in bonâ voluntate Tuâ Sion: ut ædificentur muri Hierusalem.

20. Tunc acceptabis sacrificium justitiæ, oblationes, et holocausta tunc imponent super altare Tuum vitulos.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto; sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.

NOVELLO, Palestrina.

English Version.

PSALM li. 1. Have mercy upon me, O GOD, after Thy great goodness: according to the multitude of Thy mercies do away mine offences.

2. Wash me throughly from my wickedness, and cleanse me from my sin.

3. For I acknowledge my faults, and my sin is ever before me.

4. Against Thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight that Thou mightest be justified in Thy saying, and clear when Thou art judged.

5. Behold, I was shapen in wickedness, and in sin hath my mother conceived me.

6. But lo, Thou requirest truth in the inward parts, and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly.

7. Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than


8. Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness, that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.

9. Turn Thy face from my sins, and put out all my misdeeds.

10. Make me a clean heart, O GOD, and renew a right spirit within me.

II. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

12. O give me the comfort of Thy help again, and stablish me with Thy free Spirit.

13. Then shall I teach Thy ways unto the wicked, and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.

14. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O GOD, Thou that art the GOD of my health, and my tongue shall sing of Thy righteousness.

15. Thou shalt open my lips, O LORD, and my mouth shall shew Thy praise.

16. For Thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it Thee; but Thou delightest not in burnt-offerings.

17. The sacrifice of GOD is a troubled spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O GOD, shalt Thou not despise.

18. O be favourable and gracious unto Sion: build Thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19. Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifice of righteousness, with the burnt-offerings and oblations: then shall they offer young bullocks upon Thine altar. BARNBY, PALESTRINA, STAIner.

19 S. ARNOLD, vv. 1, 2, 7, 8.

21 BARNBY, V. I. Amen.

22 Barnby, vv. 10–13.

23 BUCK, vv. 1, 9, 12.

24 Goss, vv. 1-3, 12-14. Hallelujah, Amen.
v. 8. Amen.

25 Greene, vv. 1, 12, 11, 15, 13, 19, 14, 17.

26 HANDEL, vv. 1-4, 8, 10-13.


28 KING, vv. 9-12.



31 STEGGALL, vv. 9-11, 17, 12, 13.


Hodie Christus natus est. Noé! Noé!
Hodie Salvator apparuit, Noé! Noé!
Hodie in terrâ canunt Angeli, et lætantur Archangeli.

Noé! Noé !

Hodie exultant justi, dicentes, Gloria in excelsis Deo. Noé! Noé!

English Version.

This day CHRIST was born. Alleluia!

This day our Saviour hath appeared. Alleluia ! This day on earth Angels sing, and Archangels share our joys. Alleluia!

This day the righteous rejoice, proclaiming, "Glory to GOD in the highest." Alleluia !



PSALM ix. I. I will give thanks to Thee, O LORD, and magnify Thy holy Name. How great and wonderful art Thou in all the world! Holy, Holy, LORD GOD of Hosts.



PSALM C. 1. O be joyful, all ye lands; serve the LORD with gladness: come before Him with a song. Let all the people worship Him; sing of Him, and praise His Name. For the LORD our GOD is great: He is just and merciful: O that men would praise Him.



PSALM Vii. I. O LORD my GOD, in Thee have I put my trust save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me.


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